Hawkins: Learn to appreciate campus
- Jul. 17, 2012
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I’ve recently found myself feeling a little bit homesick. I wouldn’t say that’s a normal thing to feel considering I’m bunking at my parents’ house for the summer. No, I don’t miss my childhood home; I miss the University of Kansas. And in my wallowing, I got to thinking and I came up with a list of the five most underrated things about attending KU.
The path by Green Hall through the trees
It’s simple, right? Yes, yes it is. I can still remember the smell of the tree blossoms and feel of the breeze amplified by the trees. It’s hidden in plain sight, although I can’t remember ever seeing anyone sitting around the small water fountain.
The University Daily Kansan
Of course I’d suggest this. But how many times do you see people reading them in Budig or working on the Sudoku on Wescoe Beach? It’s there every single school day. How can it not be taken for granted? Here’s my token of appreciation for the Kansan.
The random acts of insanity
Men running around on broomsticks, monkeys, morph suits; yeah, it happens. And it makes campus that much more interesting. Days without random outbursts aren’t exactly lifeless; however, they do break up the monotony of our daily schedules. Aren’t those quirky little moments that you can’t plan for or expect part of why we all love being on campus? Aren’t they part of the stories we go home and tell to our childhood friends and families? Personally, I can’t imagine KU without them.
Everyone who is anyone ends up in the Underground eventually. And I do mean everyone. The professors, the students, the athletes, and the hipsters all enjoy some aspect of this versatile area. In the mornings, it’s a perfect place to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee. At lunch, it’s a madhouse rush for Chik-Fil-A. And yet, it’s a nice place to study, to meet with friends, and to eat. Anything you need to do, it can probably be done there if your timing is right.
KU has some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. No matter what the situation is, they take it in strides and adapt to anything. And not only that, students and faculty at KU stick together. Although there are so many differences between students, there’s a sense of community that encompasses our beautiful campus and everywhere you might encounter another Jayhawk. That camaraderie holds us together.
In about one month, we’ll be reunited: KU and my fellow Jayhawks. We’ll make our way back to Lawrence and our home on the hill where the steam whistle blows and the bells in the Campanile ring. It’s almost time to greet each other again with the sweet melody of the classic chant Rock Chalk Jayhawk.